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Carvin vs. Avatar

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Davidoc, Jan 5, 2003.

  1. Carvin

    15 vote(s)
  2. Avatar

    36 vote(s)
  1. What do you guys think? Who makes the better cabinet?
  2. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I've owned both and it's not even close. Avatar blows Carvin away!!!!
  3. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    avatar hands down!
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA

    *dodges thrown pieces of trash"
  5. TxBass


    Jul 3, 2002
    Frisco, Texas
    concur...and cost less (or at least they used to?):cool:
    ps: I am not a Carvin "basher", I like my R1000 just fine.
  6. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654 Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Avatar Baby!!
    And yes I’ve owned Carvin before too, and thy are not bad, But I think Avatar is better. Especially in terms of customer service. Dave is a great guy both before and after the sale. These days thats a big plus;)
  7. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Have owned both. Avatar was better all around.
  8. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    avatar!!! all cos of the better speakers.

    ONLY thing i don't like is that i had to add a speakon input. not a huge deal though.
  9. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654 Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    I'm about to do that to my 410. Where did you mount yours?
  10. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    I'm not sure if I can have a real unbiased opinion because my Carvin speaker (a 1x15) and my Avatar cab (a 4x10) are different types of cabs, but my Avatar definitely sounds and feels like a much better cab to me.
  11. Brooks


    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    Irrelevant, as my choices here are between Carvin, Carvin and Carvin.
  12. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC

    Never tried Avatar...isn't that those things next to your name? Those little photo things?
  13. Fishface


    Jul 26, 2002
    Denver, Colorado
    I just got an Avatar B112 for Christmas & I love it. I is sooooooo much easier than lugging my 4-10" or 2-15" cabs around.

    I used it on its first gig this weekend in a small club & it had no problems. It definately helps to give me the tone I look for.

    I have read too many posts about the Carvin construction pitfalls, and I think only 1 about Avatar.
  14. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Isn't that always the case. The people who like Carvin cabs are the ones who haven't played through anything else . . . ;)
  15. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    You said "it had problems". What kind of problems? Just curious.
  16. Fishface


    Jul 26, 2002
    Denver, Colorado
    I forgot the "no" before problems.

    Oooops!! :D

    It really is a nice cabinet. Especially when I think of the price.
  17. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    DougD...I replaced one of the 1/4 in. jacks in my Avatar cabinets with a Speakon. It required the use of a stepped drill bit (or a 15/16 (I think, measure the body diameter of the Speakon to be sure)) to hog out the existing hole.

    Be careful, the shoulder on the Speakon jack is pretty narrow and doesn't allow much room for error in drilling.

    My installations went cleanly though and I'm sure glad I did it...
  18. Both... well, sort of. I've played a Carvin bass through my Avatar Cabs. Both manufacturers make nice products.
  19. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I think the Carvins are a better deal these days!
  20. TRob1293


    Feb 1, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    WHICH Carvin cabs?

    The BRX 410 and 210 (a shame they do not make a BRX 15.1NEO) will light up the Avatars in a head-to-head, but I think the Avatar equivalents of the Carvin BR cabs absolutely destroy them.

    My vote is:
    Carvin BRX v. Avatar? CARVIN
    Carvin BR v. Avatar? Avatar